Age of the Dragon

What China's dramatic population decline means for the Pacific

Bradley Perrett
By Bradley Perrett
Updated December 9 2021 - 2:34am, first published December 3 2021 - 1:00am
If the fertility rate stays the same, China's population could halve by the 2060s. Picture: Getty Images

China's a big problem not just because it's aggressive and unfriendly - plenty of countries are - but because it has a big population that's getting richer, giving it a lot of economic and military heft.

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Bradley Perrett

Bradley Perrett is a regular ACM columnist with a focus on Australia's relationship with China, covering defence, strategy, trade, economics and domestic policy. He was based in Beijing as a journalist from 2004 to 2020. His articles are supported by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas.

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